Deion Sanders

Super Bowl 53: Joe Montana depicted in unrealistic way during commercial


Super Bowl 53: Joe Montana depicted in unrealistic way during commercial

The NFL kicked off the commemoration of its upcoming 100th season in fine fashion Sunday with a commercial that celebrated many of the game’s great players at a fictitious gala.

But the script made one major, inexcusable mistake.

After all, everybody should know that Joe Montana never throws an interception on Super Bowl Sunday.

But there it is, 35 seconds into the spot, after Marshawn Lynch dislodges the football from the top of a triple-layered cake to set the chaos into full Animal House cafeteria mode.

Montana reaches down to pick up the loose ball. Michael Irvin yells to Montana that he’s open.

“No can do, Cowboy,” Montana says.

Then, of course, Montana looks toward Jerry Rice in his progression.

But what comes next was more unbelievable than the high-powered Los Angeles Rams offense being held to a meager three points over 60 minutes.

Deion Sanders, obviously channeling his non-49ers days, steps in front of Rice to make the interception.

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In case anyone needs reminding, here are Joe Montana’s statistics in his four Super Bowl starts for the 49ers in the 1980s:

Attempts: 122
Completions: 83
Yards passing: 1,142
Touchdowns: 11
Interceptions: 0
Passer rating: 127.8

And nothing that happened Sunday during the widely acclaimed commercial can ever change that for the three-time Super Bowl MVP.

Deion Sanders explains why Kyler Murray should pick baseball over NFL


Deion Sanders explains why Kyler Murray should pick baseball over NFL

If anyone knows what Kyler Murray is going through right now, it's Deion Sanders.

"Prime Time" is one of the most successful two-sport athletes. He played 14 seasons in the NFL with five teams, was a six-time All-Pro and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Sanders also played parts of nine MLB seasons with four teams, including 52 games with the Giants.

So does the NFL Network analyst believe Murray, whom the A's took No. 9 overall in last year's MLB draft, made the right choice by declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday?

"If I'm in his shoes, I'm picking up that baseball bat and I'm not looking back," Sanders told ESPN's Cari Champion on Monday night.


"Because, that's just for me," Sanders said. "Sometimes, I still have regret that I didn't give [baseball] more. But you know, I got a gold [Hall of Fame] jacket in the closet. I'm straight. But I wish I would have given [baseball] more.

"But for Kyler, that's tough at his position, and I don't think he realizes the ridicule you go through once you declare and say, 'I'm going to be a football player.' Now people start talking about your height, your size, what you can't do. He hasn't dealt with that yet."

NFL experts and scouts are torn on the Heisman Trophy winner. Several outlets have released mock drafts that project Murray as a first-round pick. But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has spoken to some NFL scouts who believe Murray will fall to the second or third round.

Sanders is, excited, though, to see what Murray does in the future.

"I think he can do whatever he wants to do," Sanders said. "He's that type of athlete."

Reliving Deion Sanders highlights on his 50th birthday


Reliving Deion Sanders highlights on his 50th birthday

Legendary cornerback Deion Sanders turned 50 years old on Wednesday. 

While he only played one season in San Francisco, it may have been the best of the polarizing playmaker's 14-year career. 

The high-stepping highlight reel played in 14 games with the 49ers and came away with six interceptions, the second-highest of his career. He also returned three for touchdowns. 

San Francisco went on to beat San Diego in the Super Bowl as Sanders added two more interceptions in three playoff games. 

As he hits the half-century mark, let's relive the best moments of Sanders' career with these highlights: